Garlic and Pepper Chicken

Garlic and Pepper Chicken (gai pad gratiem prik thai) is a very common dish. You can use any meat — pork, beef, shrimp, squid, etc. You can even make a vegetarian one with tofu. It’s a very easy and quick dish to make. It’s commonly eaten as a one-dish meal over rice, but it can be added to a family-style meal. If sharing – serve it on a regular plate – not over rice.



  1. Rinse and cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces (see picture).
  2. Smash the garlic lightly with the side of a knife. Remove the skin if not using thin-skinned Thai garlic.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan until very hot. Add the garlic and keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.
  4. When (very) lightly browned, add the chicken (or meat, or whatever you’re using!). Cook until done (not raw). If it gets dry and sticky, add some water to the pan about 1-2 tablespoons at a time.
  5. Add the palm sugar, fish sauce and pepper. You may need to add a bit more water here so that it mixes well.
  6. Mix well and serve on rice (for a one-dish meal), or in a plate (to share with friends). Garnish with cilantro.


If making a vegetarian version - pre-fry the tofu first until browned, remove, then start with step 2. Substitute the fish sauce for :white soy sauce:.



Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces


Smash the garlic (but not too much)


Fry the garlic until lightly browned


Add the meat. When done add the rest

9 thoughts on “Garlic and Pepper Chicken

  1. I’ve been cooking this so many times now. This dish is a regular in our dining table. My picky eater loves this meal. Thank you!

    (I substituted sugar for honey and fish sauce with salt instead and it turned out pretty awesome)

  2. I have not made this yet, but I am on Saturday. This is exactly how the Thai restaurant I go to prepares it so I know it will be good. THANKS!!!

  3. Easy to make, kids loved it. I also tried it with shrimp – turned out great.
    Takes me back to Thailand : )

  4. Have made this 2 times in 1 week already.

    However I like things saucy, So once it was all cooked, I add a cup of water and some corn starch and add some more of the spices, Makes a nice thick sauce.

    🙂 (also I add Thai Chili Peppers to make it HOT)

  5. Like Dave, I added Thai peppers as well. At the end, I also added just a few thinkly sliced green onions (green parts only), both for decoration and that nice, occasional, subtle taste of green onion to bring out the white pepper. Awesome recipe. It reminds me a lot of one of my favorite dishes from one of my two favorite Thai restaurants in the Land of Lincoln! ; )

  6. This is the Thai recipe I have been looking for, for years. My search is OVA ovahhh!!! Seriously this is restaurant quality stuff.

  7. This is a great recipe I have been wanting to make for dinner for years. This is yummy food!

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